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Voodoo Marasa Mens Hybrid Bike - 18", 20" Frames - £320 @ Halfords
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Voodoo Marasa Mens Hybrid Bike - 18", 20" Frames - £320 @ Halfords

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Posted 19th Apr 2018

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VooDoo Marasa Mens Hybrid Bike
The VooDoo Marasa Mens Hybrid Bike is the perfect ride if you need a reliable workhorse in the week, and a fun machine on the weekend. Combining the best of both worlds, the Marasa boasts 27 speed gears to help you up hills and race along the flats, with powerful Tektro hydraulic disc brakes for strong stops. A lightweight alloy frame with eye-catching reflective camo artwork tops it off.
Frame: Lightweight 7005 alloy
Forks: Rigid alloy blades with chromoly steerer
Gears: 27 speed Shimano Altus for tackling the toughest of climbs
Brakes: Tektro HD-M285 hydraulic disc brakes for powerful stops
Wheels: 700c Vee Rubber Speedster tyres
Extras: Eye-popping reflective camo paintwork

This is the cheapest hydraulic brake bike I could see. At 13.2kg its not the lightest but they are robust bikes.
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"eye-catching reflective camo"

Isn't that a contradiction?

Seriously though this is a better deal compared to the Carrera Subway 2 with its normal price of £350. More gears, more common size of wheel.
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Voodoo, the black magic word which someone has done on me!
I feel like getting revenge!
This isn't actually a bad bike. Halfords seem tho change the colours and stickers and not a lot else can't see anything on this updated from the previous model but for the money it's ok.
"eye-catching reflective camo"

Isn't that a contradiction?

Seriously though this is a better deal compared to the Carrera Subway 2 with its normal price of £350. More gears, more common size of wheel.
Nice find @tgill00 and welcome to HUKD
Bound to be a 20% off bikes weekend coming up now suns out I’d hold off this for a bit
Pvfc12345678901 h, 12 m ago

Bound to be a 20% off bikes weekend coming up now suns out I’d hold off t …Bound to be a 20% off bikes weekend coming up now suns out I’d hold off this for a bit



Wouldn't that precede a price hike? well now that this has been posted here at £320 we shall find out soon enough!
CampGareth19/04/2018 16:34

"eye-catching reflective camo"Isn't that a contradiction?Seriously though …"eye-catching reflective camo"Isn't that a contradiction?Seriously though this is a better deal compared to the Carrera Subway 2 with its normal price of £350. More gears, more common size of wheel.


Slightly different bikes. Subway is pretty much a rigid mountain bike despite Halfords calling it a hybrid with a reinforced mountain bike frame and strong mountain bike 27.5" wheels. You can take a Subway off road and give it some abuse. This is more a heavy duty road bike which should be a bit faster than the Subway with its weaker 700c wheels but isn't really off road capable at all apart from light trails.

Very decent strong commuter bike and great value.
CampGareth6 h, 34 m ago

"eye-catching reflective camo"Isn't that a contradiction?Seriously though …"eye-catching reflective camo"Isn't that a contradiction?Seriously though this is a better deal compared to the Carrera Subway 2 with its normal price of £350. More gears, more common size of wheel.


No, it's an oxymoron.
The Voodoo Marasa has been a "best bang for the buck" hybrid contender for years, especially if you use your British Cycling membership 10% discount.
This weighs more than my full suss enduro bike, how is that possible, its got fixed forks.
mcrobbj20/04/2018 20:31

This weighs more than my full suss enduro bike, how is that possible, its …This weighs more than my full suss enduro bike, how is that possible, its got fixed forks.


I don't know which enduro bike you have but a) at this price point you won't be getting low weight components although they should be pretty decent quality and halfords don't always get the weights right on their web site. 13.2kg is ok. Halfords bikes often comply with the full recommended rider weight requirements of the certification. That's like a rider weight up to 120kg, luggage on top and a full load weight including the bike itself of 160kg same as top brands like Giant. Many bikes are much below this including bikes from btwin which have a total load weight of 100kg, 60kg below. The halfords bikes are workhorses that should have a very long working life.

I had a quick look online for full suspension enduro bikes and the few that I came across were around 14.8kg give or take 0.2kg but didn't look at many.
bonzobanana20/04/2018 21:17

I don't know which enduro bike you have but a) at this price point you …I don't know which enduro bike you have but a) at this price point you won't be getting low weight components although they should be pretty decent quality and halfords don't always get the weights right on their web site. 13.2kg is ok. Halfords bikes often comply with the full recommended rider weight requirements of the certification. That's like a rider weight up to 120kg, luggage on top and a full load weight including the bike itself of 160kg same as top brands like Giant. Many bikes are much below this including bikes from btwin which have a total load weight of 100kg, 60kg below. The halfords bikes are workhorses that should have a very long working life. I had a quick look online for full suspension enduro bikes and the few that I came across were around 14.8kg give or take 0.2kg but didn't look at many.


Both my 26er and my son's 650b enduro bikes are under 13kg so you obviously didn't look that hard.
The point is they have heavier tyres, suspension x2 and dropper seat posts and are still lighter.
This is supposed to be a hybrid so I would expect it to be somewhere between a road bike and a hardtail.
My hardtail which is also x3 with heavier tyres comes in at 11.9kg which is lighter than this, my bottom of the range road bike is 9.5kg.

I didn't vote either way, just commented that it was heavy, especially for a commuter bike which it undoubtably is.
mcrobbj21/04/2018 09:53

Both my 26er and my son's 650b enduro bikes are under 13kg so you …Both my 26er and my son's 650b enduro bikes are under 13kg so you obviously didn't look that hard.The point is they have heavier tyres, suspension x2 and dropper seat posts and are still lighter.This is supposed to be a hybrid so I would expect it to be somewhere between a road bike and a hardtail.My hardtail which is also x3 with heavier tyres comes in at 11.9kg which is lighter than this, my bottom of the range road bike is 9.5kg.I didn't vote either way, just commented that it was heavy, especially for a commuter bike which it undoubtably is.


Again you don't mention what bikes those are and at what price point. They could be quite premium bikes utilising lightweight components. The Marasa isn't a standard road bike, its a stronger framed bike with robust part steel forks. The tyres may be heavy with a long life compound, the wheels double walled. A basic rigid steel mountain bike sub £100 is probably in the 15-16kg weight area. A lighter duty road bike with steel forks maybe 11-12kg. A robust but lower end freehub based drivetrain is often heavier than a freewheel and plastic tourney derailleur. Discs heavier than rim. You have to compare like for like, component quality, price, weight capacity and many factors to give a fair verdict.
mcrobbj21/04/2018 09:53

Both my 26er and my son's 650b enduro bikes are under 13kg so you …Both my 26er and my son's 650b enduro bikes are under 13kg so you obviously didn't look that hard.The point is they have heavier tyres, suspension x2 and dropper seat posts and are still lighter.This is supposed to be a hybrid so I would expect it to be somewhere between a road bike and a hardtail.My hardtail which is also x3 with heavier tyres comes in at 11.9kg which is lighter than this, my bottom of the range road bike is 9.5kg.I didn't vote either way, just commented that it was heavy, especially for a commuter bike which it undoubtably is.


I'd like to know which "bottom of the range" road bike you have that's just 9.5kg - sounds like a real bargain!
bonzobanana19/04/2018 21:47

Slightly different bikes. Subway is pretty much a rigid mountain bike …Slightly different bikes. Subway is pretty much a rigid mountain bike despite Halfords calling it a hybrid with a reinforced mountain bike frame and strong mountain bike 27.5" wheels. You can take a Subway off road and give it some abuse. This is more a heavy duty road bike which should be a bit faster than the Subway with its weaker 700c wheels but isn't really off road capable at all apart from light trails. Very decent strong commuter bike and great value.


When I saw "700C" my initial reaction was the same- that this wouldn't be good off road- but I've come to the conclusion now that it's actually more like a rigid 29er mountain bike than a road bike; the 29er version of a Carrera Subway if you like.

Voodoo has quite a few 29ers for sale at Halfords, and they have a similar frame design to the Marasa.


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halfords.com/cyc…mes

I have this bike used it once since last summer
Muig19721 h, 3 m ago

When I saw "700C" my initial reaction was the same- that this wouldn't be …When I saw "700C" my initial reaction was the same- that this wouldn't be good off road- but I've come to the conclusion now that it's actually more like a rigid 29er mountain bike than a road bike; the 29er version of a Carrera Subway if you like.Voodoo has quite a few 29ers for sale at Halfords, and they have a similar frame design to the Marasa.[Image] http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bokor-mens-29er-mountain-bike-18-20-22-frames


I do love hybrids that are more mountain bike than road bike. The number of pot holes I've hit on my current hybrid is ridiculous but apart from my bike lock mount loosening there have been no ill effects, even the wheels are still true. This is with me plus sometimes a full load of shopping, coming in about 140kg. I'm sure I saw somewhere the rear wheel is only rated for 100kg

Sturdy hybrid over road hybrid in my opinion.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 21st Apr 2018
I've got this through Cycle2work scheme. It's been this price for a few weeks now. It's very good value for money with decent components. You're getting a much better bike than anything sub £200, and if you only want a bike for commuting and leisure use then there's not much point in spending more than this bike costs.
Good price for the spec. Sometimes you'll see a Boardman hybrid comp for same price or less when on offer regularly, equally as good.
I have also just got this bike on CycleScheme. Just a note that Halfords do not support CycleScheme (different from Cycle2work) which I didn't realise! (Thought they were all the same..) So ordered from cycle republic for the same price. Halfords had a 10% code off last week bringing the price to £288. Seems like a great bike for the price.
Muig197221/04/2018 17:44

I'd like to know which "bottom of the range" road bike you have that's …I'd like to know which "bottom of the range" road bike you have that's just 9.5kg - sounds like a real bargain!


bikeradar.com/roa…87/ - this isnt the exact model but I bought mine 5 years ago for a triathlon for 400. This is bottom of the range for a road bike. Most major mannufacturers discount their bikes by 20-30% at the end of the year. Try google its really not that hard.
Great bike. Been putting my one through hell for years. Rock solid.
bonzobanana21/04/2018 13:21

Again you don't mention what bikes those are and at what price point. They …Again you don't mention what bikes those are and at what price point. They could be quite premium bikes utilising lightweight components. The Marasa isn't a standard road bike, its a stronger framed bike with robust part steel forks. The tyres may be heavy with a long life compound, the wheels double walled. A basic rigid steel mountain bike sub £100 is probably in the 15-16kg weight area. A lighter duty road bike with steel forks maybe 11-12kg. A robust but lower end freehub based drivetrain is often heavier than a freewheel and plastic tourney derailleur. Discs heavier than rim. You have to compare like for like, component quality, price, weight capacity and many factors to give a fair verdict.


Sub 100 MTB, you really have lost the plot..
mcrobbj1 h, 26 m ago

Sub 100 MTB, you really have lost the plot..


I'd agree such bikes aren't really mountain bikes but that is how they are sold. Typical example below.

sportsdirect.com/mud…526

I'm not sure what point you are trying and failing to make but certainly seems valid to give a weight example of a more budget bike that is heavier.

This is a hybrid bike its meant to have a heavier stronger frame. It's designed for commuting and general use not racing or off-road. You could use it for touring with quite a lot of luggage on a pannier if you so desired but most likely it will be used as a everyday commuting bike mixing with other traffic where you want a strong stable reliable bike with great stopping power. It maybe the frame isn't double or triple butted and some of the parts are steel or heavier aluminium designed for long life but that's just the nature of such a bike. The components may last thousands maybe 10's of thousands of miles before needing replacement. There are touring bikes made by Thorn that get close to 20kg but are super strong and reliable suitable for touring for thousands of miles.
mcrobbj2 h, 10 m ago

https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/bikes/road/product/specialized-allez-e5-review-51087/ - this isnt the exact model but I bought mine 5 years ago for a triathlon for 400. This is bottom of the range for a road bike. Most major mannufacturers discount their bikes by 20-30% at the end of the year. Try google its really not that hard.


On that page it says;

Editor’s note: Since posting this review certain 2018 Specialized Allez models have been subject to an important safety recall. Voluntary action from Specialized has seen the company recall approximately 13,000 bikes due to a manufacturing defect in the fork crown of affected bikes. For more information on this recall please visit this article.

Saying that it looks a lovely bike but its not a hybrid bike and I think the above recall is an indicator that its not strong they went too close to the limit on weight and made a dangerous bike that can be the result of being obsessed with bike weight. People who want a hybrid bike often want greater versatility where as road bike buyers are purely interested in road performance and speed. Between the 2 types there are gravel and cyclocross bikes as another option. There is a greater level of over-engineering in a hybrid bike normally but that has a weight penalty.

In the certification of road bikes the recommended weight limit is less and they advise manufacturer's to advise customers about the short life of frames where as non performance bikes like hybrids have higher weight limits and do not advise against frame fatigue and failure as much, normally they make a special case for road bikes stating a shorter working life.

Here is an example of Giant's manual which is pretty good. I'm just making the point road bikes and hybrids are two different types of bikes with different reasons for buying them.

giant-bicycles.com/_up…pdf
Got this bike also. A fine entry level bike. Was initially gonna pay around 550 for a Specialized but this felt better and felt lighter.. certainly doesn't feel a heavy bike to me.. have been doing 10 mile return commutes a couple of times a week now for a few weeks. Feels like there are too many gears and the cables will need adjusting in the 6 week check as there is regular clicking when crusing.
Also available at Cycle Republic.
Excellent bike, got mine a while back and loaded it up with front and rear pannier racks, tours like a dream! Sure it ain't the lightest bike, but it's a versatile little workhorse and it's nice and low maintenance.
They dont seem to be as generous with their offers anymore, in past theyd offer selected bikes at 50% off for the May Bank Holidays unless you particularly want this bike, you might want to wait till may bank Holiday if they doing offers will start Thursday before Bank Holiday
If you have a Quidco balance, withdraw as Zeek voucher for an 18% bonus. Use it to buy Halfords vouchers at 8% discount.
Great Bike. If You are HSBC customer, they have a 10% discount on Halford via their customer club. OR reserve and collect in store and pay with 8% discounted gift cards via ZEEK.
Got the bike few months ago use it nearly every day great bike, had a road bike before, this one isn't much heavier, you can feel the weight when climbing hills but very manageable. Quality components for the price. One small problem is the chain is already rusting pretty bad very cheap quality going to go back and get it fixed as its covered under parts warranty apart from that great bike buy it.
Edited by: "Timur_Jalilov" 22nd Apr 2018
Can't see where you put the battery and how far you can travel on electric mode, but being as you have pedals I suppose that is not important.
You can top up zeek account and get 10%-15% extra for zeek credit
And then another 8% for halfords credit
Used 10% off work discount
I just did today for a folding bike
All giftcards were delivered instantly and worked well at check out in store
Edited by: "Arsenal012019" 23rd Apr 2018
Price went back to £400 on Halfords and cycle republic....just checked them this morning.
I was waiting to see what cycle to work scheme I was on before I purchased, I'm on cyclesolutions which seem to charge an extra £20 for cycle to work bikes vs cash buyers in the £300 price range. Puts me off really as buying the bike over 1 year means i'd save about £45 but if they take £20 of this I'm better off getting a bargain elsewhere. I had a search on HUKD and no cycle solutions deals appear to have come up, so i'm guessing they're not competitive!
christopherwhiteis124/04/2018 08:37

Price went back to £400 on Halfords and cycle republic....just checked …Price went back to £400 on Halfords and cycle republic....just checked them this morning.I was waiting to see what cycle to work scheme I was on before I purchased, I'm on cyclesolutions which seem to charge an extra £20 for cycle to work bikes vs cash buyers in the £300 price range. Puts me off really as buying the bike over 1 year means i'd save about £45 but if they take £20 of this I'm better off getting a bargain elsewhere. I had a search on HUKD and no cycle solutions deals appear to have come up, so i'm guessing they're not competitive!


Their prices look non-competitive and for the bit of hassle of using the scheme and possible final payment to own the bike it doesn't seem a very good scheme. Makes more sense possibly buying close to the £1000 maximum bike price perhaps a bike that is popular and rarely discounted generally. The value of your cycle scheme seems to have been destroyed by the choice of partner.
Edited by: "bonzobanana" 25th Apr 2018
bonzobanana50 m ago

There prices look non-competitive and for the bit of hassle of using the …There prices look non-competitive and for the bit of hassle of using the scheme and possible final payment to own the bike it doesn't seem a very good scheme. Makes more sense possibly buying close to the £1000 maximum bike price perhaps a bike that is popular and rarely discounted generally. The value of your cycle scheme seems to have been destroyed by the choice of partner.


Yeah i don't know too much about bikes and was looking for something like this one, find it easier to let the experts on here find the deals :-D so hopefully this one gets reduced again or something similar comes up, don't need the bike urgently as have one that's still half decent (once i change a gear cable). Raginig I waited to come back to work to see what the scheme was only to find it was uselss :-D
Crossbow25/04/2018 09:37

Got mine for only around £220 in Sept 2014:VooDoo Marasa hybrid bike with …Got mine for only around £220 in Sept 2014:VooDoo Marasa hybrid bike with aluminium frame & hydraulic disc brakes = £279.99 @ Halfords (possible £220 or lower with 22% discount trick & cashback)


Hopefully something similar this September, or better still before it. Can somebody mark this as expired now as I've missed it :-(
christopherwhiteis125/04/2018 14:13

Hopefully something similar this September, or better still before it. Can …Hopefully something similar this September, or better still before it. Can somebody mark this as expired now as I've missed it :-(


Just a heads up - I contacted Halfords using their online form and asking about the price of the voodoo marasa going back up despite the other models still being on sale. They replied that as the sale for this bike only ended a few days ago, they would honour the lower price. It's worth contacting them to see if they will do the same for you. Good luck!
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